classroom mailboxes, etc

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  1. misshufford

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    Hello!
    I will be teaching fourth grade this year (last year I was teaching second grade, part-time)...I am wondering where I can find classroom mailboxes for my students that are cheap...I've looked everywhere!! Thanks!
     
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  3. Upsadaisy

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    Hi, Misshufford and welcome to AtoZ!

    Did you look at www.Reallygoodstuff.com ? I don't think they are really cheap anywhere. You could make your own with stacking plastic file trays, maybe.
     
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    This site is awesome for classroom organization, and I believe they carry some sort of mailbox setup. But like all teacher suppliers, they are pricey! www.callowayhouse.com
     
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    my husband had a gazillion cd cases with no cds in them. i hot glued them together to make mailboxes. it turned out really neat!

    also, your school might have some that you could use. ask the principal. if not at your school maybe another school in the district does. we had some shipped from another school to our school (for another teacher). doesn't hurt to ask before spending the money.

    LC
     
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    Wow -- you guys are fast! I was going to say ReallyGoodStuff.com too. Love that website and the prices aren't too bad. They have a cardboard mail station that I have used -- it's pretty good.
     
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    One teacher I subbed for took a bunch (one per student) of the large-sized cans from the school kitchen. (The kitchen gets canned fruits and vegetables in them.) The teacher painted them, inside and outside. Then she stacked them in a pyramid shape. I am not sure how she connected them - some type of glue or bolted together?

    That would be cheap!
     
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    I found the traditional "mailboxes" way too expensive so I bought a plastic hanging folder box and hanging folders which I labelled with the children's names. It worked extremely well!
     
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    I use a hanging folder crate like Doublescoop suggested. Also, to make filing easier for me, I alphabetized the students by their first name, not last name.
     
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    I bought mine at Office Max, but it was on sale. I have seen some people use shoe organizers before. I have also seen it done the way GlendaLL suggested with the large cans or icecream cartons. Be creative!!!
     
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    I only needed a "mailbox" to teach the students letter writing so I didn't need a large box for each child. I bought an over the door shoe storage chart from the Dollar Tree. It is made of plastic and is covered with little pouches for individual shoes. I designated each child a pocket. During mail delivery the "postman" delivered letters to the pouches.
     
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    I bought my mailbox system at SAM's Wholesale Club about 8 years ago. I think it was around $30. It has held up really well.. I am still using it. I looked a few months ago for another teacher, but I didn't see any. I wonder if you could do a special order?? Or maybe check out Sam's online? I haven't looked there yet... just a thought.
     
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    thank you!
     
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    I found a paper organizer (a large wooden box with shelves to store reams of paper) at a rummage sale for $5.00 a couple years ago. It works GREAT! It has 15 slots that are adjustable. You could make one easily using a cardboard box or scrap lumber.

    Christopher (it's not all women on here!)
     
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    Hi, I also use an over the door shoe holder for a mailbox. I have it tacked to the wall. I bought a cloth one from K-mart and stapled numbers to it. Each student puts their assigned number on their paper by their name and it makes handing back papers really easy!
     
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    I got mine at an office supply store. It is worth the cost, I think!
     
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    Hi I'm Cathy and I will be teaching second grade for the first time and I love the idea of the over the door shoe organizer for a mail system. I was only going to use one mail box but it would be so much nicer for the students to have their own mail box.

    Thanks for the tip, you guys rock!
    Cathy :)
     
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    I just saw something I might try on bedbathandbeyond.com
    It's a shoe organizer with 30 slots and it's only $9.99
     
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    I saw this once and forgot about it until now- what a great idea. I guess the main thing would be how to connect them ...:confused:
     
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    I also got mine at Sam's Club last year. It had 12 slots for 14.00, but you could stack them one on top of the other. These are sturdy, but I did have to hot glue the shelves into place because they come out!
     
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    I also use shoe organizers and have for several years. They are easy. I put daily papers to go home in them and the kids pick them up on the way out the door. They also have to put their library cards in them. Cheap and Easy!
     
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    I purchased a large paper organizer/divider box at Sam's Wholesale; they also have them at office supply stores. It has 24 shelves (openings), so I gave each student his own shelf (opening) - it is big enough for their daily folder, etc. It is so easy to just go across the row of openings to pass out announcements, papers, etc. The box-like structure is about 30 in. tall and about 36" wide - I just put it on top of a small table nearest to the student lockers.
     
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    I have these too. They're great!
     
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    I bought mine from Office Max, 21 slots for $30... I was desparate and wanted something ASAP to organize their daily mail....
     
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    I'm not sure where you are from, but I got mine from Hobo's. I believe there are 15 slots, so I bought two. BUt they were only $15 a piece. The first ones I bought were from Sam's Club. I belive they only had 12 slots per box.
     
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    If you want to make one for free, use the tops of copier paper and cut off one short end for the entry part. Glue them one on top of one another and then cover the outside with contact paper.
     
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    I have also seen teachers use milk cartons that they have hot glue gunned together. Using the two litre(half gallon) ones works well, but it is a lot of milk. :D
     
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    I use the plastic stackable paper trays (ones like you probably have on your desk!) You can buy like 4 of these for about $5. Anyway...that way they can stack very easily. You only have to buy as many as you need, and if you have students leave or move in, it is very easy to add and take away. Works great for me!
     
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    If you're only wanting to have student mailboxes for them to communicate, not folders and classwork, I had them bring in Pringles can and I hot glued them together.
     
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    Mailbox Idea

    When I student taught in 2nd grade, each student had their own mesh trash can with their name taped on it and they were all lined in the window ledge. Paper passers would drop the papers down the line of cans and at the end of the day we would say "Get your cans" and the students can take it to their seat to load their back packs. I liked that better than everyone crowding around one mail slot station area. This year, I am teaching 5th grade and am doing something similar. I am going to IKEA and buying cardboard magaizine holders that stand upright (5 pk. for 2.99) and a large metal rack with 3 shelves (12.99). Each student will have their own magazine holder with thier name on it and they can also take it to their seat to load back packs. Hopefully this will help. IKEA is so inexpensive and will ship anywhere.
     
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    Wildcat82. I was wondering about the large metal rack you were talking about. Is it also from IKEA? If so, what section can I find that under on the website? Thanks!
     
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    For my first year of teaching elementary, I went to a liquor store and was given divided boxes that wine(?) is shipped in. Then, I covered it with decorated contact paper. It lasted all year.
    Now, I have stackable plastic boxes (one per child/teacher). Another teacher purchased them and gave them to me after she retired. They have held up for at least 5 years.
     
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    I have the same -- I got mine at Staples! Great investment
     
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    I bought mine in August from Office Max. I would watch the sale ads for the local office supply store, as I bought mine with an ad coupon! :)
     
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    Yclark, once you glued the Pringles containers together how did you label them so you knew which belonged to which student?
     
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    mailboxes

    I went to the liquor store and got boxes that the liquor bottles come in. I covered them with contact paper. I've used the same ones for about 4 years.
     
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    greyna2, I'm guessing you keep the inserts in the large liquor boxes and then just roll the papers up to put them in?

    I'm trying to find the most inexpensive way to make classroom mailboxes.
     
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    stupid question, but do you mean the lid on the box of copier paper... It's very late, guess I'm not too swift right now:confused:
     
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    Actually, I am the one not too swift and you corrected me. Thank you. Yes, I meant the lids to the cartons.
     
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    Exactly. Last week, my husband made me a platform with casters, for my easel to sit on. I was trying to figure out a way to put the mailboxes in the triangle area under the easel. I might try the pringle can idea.
     
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